Eternal Lines by Gurdass Mann - Neend Na Vekhe Bistraa...

Gurdass Mann
Gurdass Mann
'ਨੀਂਦ ਨਾ ਵੇਖੇ ਬਿਸਤਰਾ, ਤੇ ਭੁਖ ਨਾ ਵੇਖੇ ਮਾਸ
ਮੌਤ ਨਾ ਵੇਖੇ ਉਮਰ ਨੂ , ਇਸ਼ਕ਼ ਨਾ ਵੇਖੇ ਜਾਤ'
- ਗੁਰਦਾਸ ਮਾਨ 
ਆਪਨੇ ਗੀਤ 'ਟਾਂਗੇ ਰਹੰਦੇ ਕਿੱਲਿਆਂ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਪਰਾਂਦੇ
' ਵਿੱਚ 
In English, this would mean
Sleep doesn't care about bed,
and hunger doesn't care about flesh

Death doesn't care about age,
love doesn't care about society1
How true these words are, how much wisdom of the ages have been concentrated into these four lines, it is awesome!

Think back to a time when you were extremely tired and sleepy. At that time, would you have bothered about a comfortable bed? No. None of the niceties and politeness would have occurred to you, and you would be just concerned with falling asleep and having some shuteye. I once saw a man sleeping in the luggage rack in the train while travelling to my University from Jalandhar to Amritsar, and I thought to myself, "what's this?". Now I know.

Changing the direction of discussion, Gurdass Maan's lines reflect Maslow's hierarchy of needs, which talks about the needs of a human way before nationality, social level, financial level, gender and other societal factors come into play.
Maslow's  hierarchy of needs

The most fundamental needs are at the bottom, and the lower layers' needs must be met before a layer's need can be fulfilled. Whatever Gurdass Mann talks about in his beautiful song can be found at the bottom of the pyramid.
  1. It literally translates to caste, but 'society' appeared more apt to me here.
Credits: Song lyrics provided by, Gurdass Mann photo by when he was at Divya Dutta's mom Nalini's book launch, Maslow's hierarchy of needs image by J. Finkelstein on Wikipdia